de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) , ˈdē-ˌfrȯst\
defrosted; defrosting; defrosts

Definition of defrost

transitive verb

1 : to release from a frozen state defrost meat
2a : to free from ice defrost a refrigerator/freezer
b : to clear (a window or windshield) with a vehicle's defroster defrost a windshield to clear it of ice and condensation

intransitive verb

: to thaw out especially from a deep-frozen state

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Examples of defrost in a Sentence

You can defrost the soup in the microwave. Has the refrigerator defrosted yet?

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Once defrosted, keep duck refrigerated up to two days before cooking. Claire Perez,, "Claire’s tip of the week: Handling duck safely," 7 June 2019 After slowly defrosting the body, the team took samples and rehydrated them. Washington Post, "Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal," 13 July 2018 If beef is defrosted in the microwave, cook it immediately afterwards. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "What You Need to Know About Reheating Food in the Microwave," 4 Sep. 2015 After slowly defrosting the body, the team took samples and rehydrated them. Washington Post, "Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal," 13 July 2018 The topper, however, was made with funfetti, which the couple plans to defrost and sample on their one-year anniversary. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 Grape Tarts Makes 6 to 8 servings One 14-ounce package Dufour frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the refrigerator ¼ cup honey 6 to 8 ounces seedless grapes, each cut in half 1 large egg 1 tablespoon water Demerera sugar, for sprinkling (optional) 1. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 After two goofy fraternity pledges accidentally defrost the body of a teenager who was infected by an experimental brain-eating lifeform in the 1950s, Greek row is overwhelmed with zombies. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 Now, scientists are attempting something no one has done in recent history—defrosting a station that's survived an Antarctic winter unoccupied. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Will Try to Thaw a Frozen, Abandoned Antarctic Base," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of defrost

1895, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of defrost was in 1895

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English Language Learners Definition of defrost

: to warm something that is frozen until it is no longer frozen
: to melt ice that has built up on the inside of a freezer or refrigerator
: to melt ice on a car's windows by using heat


de·​frost | \ di-ˈfrȯst How to pronounce defrost (audio) \
defrosted; defrosting

Kids Definition of defrost

1 : to thaw out defrost a steak
2 : to remove ice from defrost a refrigerator

Other Words from defrost

defroster noun

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